- a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve.
- a turned-up fold, as at the bottom of a trouser leg.
- the part of a gauntlet or long glove that extends over the wrist.
- a separate or detachable band or piece of fabric worn about the wrist, inside or outside of the sleeve.
- an elasticized, ribbed, or reinforced band at the top of a sock or stocking.
- a band of leather or other material, wider than a collar, sewed around the outside of the top of a shoe or boot to serve as a trimming or finish.
- a handcuff.
- Anatomy. a bandlike muscle or group of muscles encircling a body part.
- Furniture. a horizontal strip of veneer used as an ornament on a leg.
- Medicine/Medical. an inflatable wrap placed around the upper arm and used in conjunction with a device for recording blood pressure.
- to make a cuff or cuffs on: to cuff a pair of trousers.
- to put handcuffs on.
- off the cuff, Informal.
- extemporaneously; on the spur of the moment.
- unofficially or informally: I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
- on the cuff, Slang.
- with the promise of future payment; on credit.
- without charge; with no payment expected: He enjoyed his meal the more because it was on the cuff.
Origin of cuff1
- to strike with the open hand; beat; buffet.
- a blow with the fist or the open hand; buffet.
Origin of cuff2
Examples from the Web for cuff
And, again, I now confess, I had an occasional Bourbon and stoogie on the cuff.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
They create those blouses a lot of times, where they will add a bow or take fabric from another shirt to create the cuff.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer
October 20, 2014
Of course, Coakley spoke off the cuff and had no one else to blame.McConnell Campaign’s Huge Duke Whopper
March 25, 2014
If I could do that off the cuff I would be WAAY more fun at parties!‘She’s All That' 15th Anniversary: Cast and Crew Reminisce About the Making of the ‘90s Classic
January 29, 2014
She escaped the seeming trap just like a wrist slipping from a cuff.In Months Before Wild Capitol Scene, Miriam Carey Battled Psychosis
October 5, 2013
I am starting on a hunt in darkest Deanery for my cuff links.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The blacksmith talked, and Yates listened, putting now and then a mark on his cuff.In the Midst of Alarms
Then it was that no cuff nor sharp word was necessary before they could pat him.
But with the master the cuff was always too light to hurt the flesh.
His eyes shone, as he hid the little, sharp knife up his cuff.Stories of a Western Town
- the part of a sleeve nearest the hand, sometimes turned back and decorative
- the part of a gauntlet or glove that extends past the wrist
- US, Canadian and Australian the turned-up fold at the bottom of some trouser legsAlso called (in eg Britain): turn-up
- off the cuff informal improvised; extemporary
- (tr) to strike with an open hand
- a blow of this kind
Word Origin and History for cuff
"bottom of a sleeve," mid-14c., cuffe "hand covering, mitten, glove," perhaps somehow from Medieval Latin cuffia "head covering," of uncertain origin. Sense of "band around the sleeve" is first attested 1520s; sense of "hem of trousers" is 1911. Off the cuff "extemporaneously" is 1938 American English colloquial, suggesting an actor or speaker reading from notes jotted on his shirt sleeves rather than learned lines. Cuff links is from 1897.
"hit," 1520s, of unknown origin, perhaps from Swedish kuffa "to thrust, push." Related: Cuffed; cuffing. As a noun from 1560s.
"to put a cuff on," 1690s, from cuff (n.). Related: Cuffed; cuffing.
- A bandlike structure encircling a part.
- An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.